“Just Thirteen”

THE LURKERS – “Just Thirteen” / “Countdown” (Beggars Banquet BEG 14) January 1979

The Lurkers “Just Thirteen” – Uxbridge’s answer to The Ramones emerged in early ’77 on indie Beggars Banquet. Their sound was muscular yet accessible enough to bring them to the fringes of national chart action.

And that Ramones comparison wasn’t entirely fatuous, guitarist Stride’s two-minute punk-pop vignettes being similarly melodic by the standards of the times, and singer Wall’s vocals are garbled yet plaintive as the Blessed Joey’s.

‘Just Thirteen’ was a typically glorious slab of aching teen-pop angst funnelled through a punk sensibility. But their lack of image and their genuine suburban unpretentiousness came across as less glamorous than the affected inner-city swagger of The Clash and their acolytes. (Mojo)

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